December Fest: Biz community flays DMC for involving political party
Morung Express News
Dimapur | December 6
Acting on a complaint letter by the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and its affiliates regarding the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) organizing December Fest in collaboration with Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Nagaland, the Dimapur District administration has directed the DMC Administrator to clarify the “matter on priority.” The December Fest is to be organized from December 14-16, 2018 at DDSC Stadium.
According to a copy of the letter (available with The Morung Express) dated November 19, 2018 jointly written to DC Dimapur (Chairman, Dimapur Night Carnival) by DCCI, Business Association of Nagas (BAN) and East Dimapur Business Association (EDBA), the signatories said they were “totally shocked” at the public office involving with BJYM of BJP party to organise the event.
They said the Clean Dimapur initiative by DMC was well accepted and received support from all corners including the business community with enthusiasm as it was for the betterment of the city. The three business organizations, however, said since Better Dimapur Team was formed by DMC and the DMC being one of the main collaboration partners of the event “is a foregone conclusion that the December Fest is a DMC initiative.”
Further, they said that the DMC being part of the organizers of the Fest “rings the alarm bell of democracy as DMC is a public office and not a political office and the business community is totally unhappy with the nexus.”
They also said that the business community since the inception of Town Committee and now Municipal Council has been contributing a major chunk of its revenue for the upkeep of the city and to receive basic amenities and “not for fun and feast.”
“The DMC venturing and involving in fun and feast with the hard earned money of the business community is totally uncalled for and the business community is viewing the DMC activity with all seriousness,” they said.
The business organizations further reminded the DC that Dimapur Night Carnival (DNC) since its inception has been a District event and its first edition was organised by the District Administration in collaboration with the three associations and was handed over to the three business bodies in the subsequent years with the DC as Chairman of the Carnival.
“We are surprised that your office has allowed one of the departments under your administration to organize such an event coinciding with the DNC. We, therefore, request your good office to cancel the event,” they appealed.
The business bodies further pointed out that Dimapur was facing problems with basic amenities such as public toilet, public water drinking facility, lack of garbage dumping places in the city, drains in shabby state to be repaired and cleaned, thousands of drain slabs missing in and around the city endangering the pedestrians and various other problems.
In this connection, they requested the DC to direct the DMC to involve in resolving the above-mentioned problems with its manpower and revenue generated from the citizens and the business community.
The letter was signed by DCCI President, Akashe Zhimomi; BAN President, Vitho Zao and EDBA President, Atoka Zhimomi.
The DMC Administrator could not be reached for comment. Meanwhile, it was learnt that the BJYM has backed out from the collaboration with the DMC for organizing the proposed December Fest.
Acting on the compliant letter, office of the Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur through its SDO (C) Sadar has written to the Administrator, DMC on December 4, 2018 stating, “you are directed to give clarification on the matter on priority” regarding the public office involving in political activities.